What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Britney Spears has taken a more personal -- and sometimes raunchy -- approach on her album Britney Jean, featuring the single "Work B---h," which warrants an explicit rating for language. Although the album has some empowering messages (namely on "Work B---h"), the overall focus on relationships, some pretty sexually explicit and violent lyrics on "Tik Tik Boom," some moderately bad language (including "s--t"), and the occasional references to drinking make Britney Jean best for teens and up.
What's the story?
BRITNEY JEAN, Britney Spears' eighth studio album, shows Spears trying to find herself while navigating the tumultuous world of relationships. The album was executive-produced by will.i.am, who also shows up on the track "It Should Be Easy." Rapper T.I. makes a guest appearance on "Tik Tik Boom," and Spears' sister Jamie Lynn sings on the song "Chillin' With You."
Is it any good?
The single "Work B---h" seemed to suggest we were going to see the old Britney from her Circus and Blackout days. Unfortunately, the catchy dance tune is one of the few memorable and, frankly, tolerable tracks on Britney Jean. For the most part, the album feels aimless and repetitive, with some tracks such as "Chillin' With You" bordering on being laughably bad.
Although the album is supposed to be Spears' chance to show a more personal side -- she cowrote some of the tracks -- the overarching feeling is one of being lost or waiting for someone else to give her direction with lyrics such as "I always felt like a stranger in a crowd" on "Alien." Also, most of the songs are so bland and over-Auto-Tuned they don't even sound like Britney. Give "Work B---h" and "Perfume" a listen, and give the rest of this album a pass.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the songwriting on Britney Jean. Spears cowrote a number of tracks on this album. Do you think she's a good songwriter?
Spears takes a more personal bent on Britney Jean. Do you think this makes the songs more compelling? Or do you prefer Spears' dance tracks?
Do you like the album? How do you think it compares to past Spears albums?